How Hearing Aid Technology Has Evolved in Society, and Why — Conclusion (Part XII)

Editor’s Note: Today’s post concludes the discussion by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda on the evolution of hearing aid technology.   Finally, we should take a lesson from the War Production Board, who chose to standardize all battery sizes, and create common standards for power and connectivity. By freeing hearing aids—or, as Wayne Staab calls them,…

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How Hearing Aid Technology Has Evolved in Society, and Why — Part XI

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues the discussion by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda on the evolution of hearing aid technology.   Implications and Policy Recommendations   The hearing aid market as we know it is ripe for disruption. On one hand, hearing aids are expensive. They rely on proprietary technology that does not necessarily “play…

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Business of Hearing Healthcare: Establishing Yourself as the Authority

By Geoff Cooling It seems that on a regular basis something happens that gives the field of Audiology pause for thought. In recent times it has been confirmed that heavyweight Samsung will soon enter into our industry. This has been known for some time, but the point of entry was up for debate, but now…

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2016: Will it be the Year of the Disruption? Gosh, I Hope So.

By Kim Cavitt, AuD So, did my provocative title get you to keep reading?  Please say yes because it is important for readers to learn more about the disruptive forces at play in our industry. Unlike many contributors before me, I see the audiology and hearing aid industry differently.  I do not fear the disruption.…

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The PCAST Report and How it Could Harm Patients — Part 2

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues a discussion by Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD, and Brad Stach, PhD, offering their view on how the recommendations of the PCAST report could actually harm, rather than help, hearing impaired patients. Consumer Access to Hearing Aids   In 2009, Dr. Christine Cassel, the co-chair of the PCAST Hearing Technologies, co-authored an article in…

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The PCAST Report and How it Could Harm Patients

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to us by Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD, and Brad Stach, PhD, offering their view of how the recommendations of the PCAST report could actually harm, rather than help, hearing impaired patients.   Audiology Perspective When we think of hearing aid care, we think of our patients–the vast majority of whom are…

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